Jason Aldean on Hank Williams Jr., The Civil Wars on Taylor Swift and more
There was lots of action going on behind-the-scenes at the Grammy Nominations Concert. For what was happening on stage, check out Katie Hasty’s blog. Below, we bring you the good stuff you didn’t see on TV.
Bruno Mars was full of good-natured bluster after snagging six nominations (the man is on a roll: the newcomer had seven last year). When asked if he expect to receive such a bounty, he replied “Ye-ah. What do you think? I was doing it for fun?” After he finished laughing, he more seriously added, “You know what, this awards stuff.. I’m trying to get used to it. It’s hard for me because [fellow album of the year nominees] Adele is incredible, Kayne West is incredible...The fact that this album got recognized and I’m being categorized with these acts, I guess that’s the craziest part for me because I’m a fan of all this music. I’m just trying to enjoy these little moments like this.” “Grenade’s” nomination for song and record of the year was especially gratifying, he added, flanked by his fellow members in his production team, The Smeezingtons, because that was the song that we worked the hardest on. Out of all the songs that we were fortunate to be part of this year, we were the most proud of that one.”
Triple nominee Jason Aldean was planning to throw down in his hometown in Georgia this weekend to celebrate his nods, but he admitted he remained a little baffled by events that happened earlier in the week. At Monday night’s taping for CMT's Artists of the Year special, honoree Aldean and Hank Williams Jr. were performing Aldean’s current hit, “Tattoos On This Town.” After one take, Bocephus walked off, never to return. In a non-explanation, he later issued a statement saying that he left because “it didn’t feel right, it didn’t sound right. I didn’t want to disrespect him.” We asked Aldean for his take: "I think when it comes to Hank, the only thing that you can predict about Hank is that he’s unpredictable,” he says. “I’m still a huge fan. He’s one of my idols, one of the guys that I grew up listening to. I’m a huge fan and, you know, it was a little weird, but it’s Hank Jr., what are you going to say?”
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